Anirban Das and Masato Yokosawa share their 2023 WSOP Main Event experience after falling in Day 7


Asia’s hopes for a WSOP Main Event title vanished as India’s Anirban Das and Japan’s Masato Yokosawa, both fell in Day 7. Yokosawa was eliminated early in 45th place, Das followed out on the last hand of the day in 16th place.

Anirban Das – 16th place – $430,200

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Anirban Das – Photo by pokerGO

Taking a look at Anirban Das’ stats:

entering Day 3 – 46 bb
entering Day 4 – 83 bb
entering Day 5 – 115 bb
entering Day 6 – 115 bb
entering Day 7 – 54 bb

In an interview with Das he stated,

“This is my deepest run by 10x but to be honest, it feels really bad because I know I am good enough to get away from the last hand I busted on (hand below). I made bigger folds earlier to stay alive so that still stings being so close to the top. Overall, it was an incredible experience and I highly recommend anyone interested in poker or sport to try just this one tournament at least once in their lives. It was full of different types of players but overall everyone was competent, competitive, and pleasant to play with. 

He went on to add that he enjoyed “bluffing” the most at the WSOP.

On Day 7, Das went from 54 bb down to 12 bb then won a few flips to run up to top 5 in chips. However, he was pummeled on the next level, found himself on the wrong side of two coolers to drop to 15 bb. Although Das was able to grind back up to 30 bb, he fell on the last hand of the day, his flush crushed by a full house. Das earned a career high payout of $430,200.

Here is his final hand as reported by Pokernews,

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Masato Yokosawa – 45th place – $188,400

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Masato Yokosawa – Photo by Pokernews

Taking a look at Masato Yokosawa’s stats:

entering Day 2 – 126 bb
entering Day 3 – 94 bb
entering Day 4 – 64 bb
entering Day 5 – 86 bb
entering Day 6 – 84 bb
entering Day 7 – 13 bb

In a brief interview with Yokosawa he shared,

“It was so much fun! This was my first Main Event cash. I played so many exciting hands. I was always nervous, but having so much fun. I hope all my plays were okay, I feel I played well. The Main Event has so many types of players, professionals, amateurs, recreational, every single table was different. I am satisfied to finish 45th. But today was tough. I doubled up with tens (hand below) which was a very tough hand. It’s painful but I just have to keep on playing. I don’t have any plans on playing in Asia, my next stop will probably be EPT Barcelona. But I will be back here next year.”

During the last hand of Day 6, Yokosawa dropped to 13 bb in a set over set cooler. He picked up an early double at Day 7 then lost on a bad beat – Ace-King losing to Ace-Queen, queen found the board. Yokosawa was eliminated in 45th place. Here was his double up hand as reported by Pokernews,

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Last two players talk Day 7 strategy
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The 54h Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship aka WSOP Main Event wrapped up Day 7 at Horseshoe Las Vegas with the record breaking 10,043 player field trimmed to just 15 players. Two are bracelet winners, Germany’s Jan-Peter Jachtmann and USA’s Daniel Weinman, and backed by the largest stack was Juan Maceiras, the lone Spaniard remaining.

Day 8 plays down to the final 9 players.

Final 15 players

Rank Player Flag Stack BB
1 Juan Maceiras Spain 108,000,000 135
2 Adam Walton USA 75,475,000 94
3 Jan-Peter Jachtmann Gernany 70,775,000 88
4 Steven Jones USA 67,900,000 85
5 Toby Lewis UK 50,050,000 63
6 Ruslan Prydryk Ukraine 45,750,000 57
7 Jose Aguilera Mexico 37,600,000 47
8 Joshua Payne USA 31,000,000 39
9 Sachin Joshi UK 27,775,000 35
10 Daniel Weinman USA 21,750,000 27
11 Dean Hutchinson USA 17,500,000 22
12 Daniel Holzner Italy 14,750,000 18
13 Alec Torelli USA 14,275,000 18
14 Jack O’Neill UK 11,700,000 15
15 Cong Pham USA 8,700,000 11

Remaining payouts

Payouts in USD
1 12,100,000
2 6,500,000
3 4,000,000
4 3,000,000
5 2,400,000
6 1,850,000
7 1,425,000
8 1,125,000
10-11 700,000
12-13 535,000
14-15 430,200

Record breaking WSOP Main Event, 10,043 entries, $93M+ prize pool; 678 tables strong; drama erupts over payout distribution

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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